Cholla Cactus Garden Nature Trail

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Elevation Gain21ft
Trailhead Elevation2,185ft
Elevation Min/Max2183/2198ft
Elevation Start/End2185/2185ft

Cholla Cactus Garden Nature Trail

Cholla Cactus Garden Nature Trail is a hiking trail in Riverside County, California. It is within Joshua Tree National Park. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 2,185 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 21 feet. This trail connects with the following: Cholla Cactus Garden Nature Trail.

Cholla Cactus Garden Nature Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This massive array of cholla, a common species of the Colorado (Sonoran) Desert, is impressive even when it is not in bloom. From mid- to late February to mid-March, there is intense bee activity at the garden. Those with sensitivity or phobias about bees should avoid visiting at the pollination season. A short, easy nature trail on the lower edge of the transition from Mojave to Colorado desert."

"This easy stroll in the Mojave Desert/Colorado Desert transition zone of Pinto Basin leads through a dense stand of tall Bigelow cholla cactus. Joshua Tree National Park has a number of excellent self-guiding nature trails, and the Cholla Garden Nature Trail may well be one of the best. It is also the most remote, located on the western margins of lonely Pinto Basin in the center of the park, at the transition zone between the Mojave Desert and the lower—and hotter—Colorado (Sonoran) Desert. The trail, nearly level all the way, features numbered posts keyed to an interpretive pamphlet available for a small fee from a dispenser at the trailhead. Anyone traveling through this part of the park is urged to stop here. Stretch your legs, and enjoy this unusual stroll through a cactus garden in remote Pinto Basin."

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Cool little area. Great to see such a variance in what grows over patches of land

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